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Student wins top poetry contest prize

Skylar Kuroda, a ninth grader at Seabury Hall, has won the grand prize for her poem, “Allied in Adversity,” in the annual Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase. Photo courtesy Skylar Kuroda

Seabury Hall student Skylar Kuroda was recently announced as the winner of the $1,000 grand prize in the Poets Showcase in the 2021 Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase.

The contest was open to youth artists, photographers, authors and musicians whose works underscored the theme of “United in Hope.” The showcase attracted hundreds of entrants from around the world. Kuroda’s entry was a poem titled “Allied through Adversity.”

“During any difficult time, especially now with the global pandemic, people are forced to adapt their daily lives and become accustomed to a new routine and lifestyle,” she said. “In my poem, I chose to focus on how individuals from many different backgrounds and of various origins have come together in this stressful and uncertain time. Specifically, I did this by incorporating characteristics and sights that are unique to certain places and highlighting personal observations that I have noticed in the past year.”

Kuroda’s poem is featured on the Sister Cities International website at sistercities.org/2021-yaas/yaas-winners.

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